Zitat des Tages von James Russell Lowell:
If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.
The surest plan to make a man is, think him so.
Death is delightful. Death is dawn, The waking from a weary night Of fevers unto truth and light.
It is the privilege of genius that life never grows common place, as it does for the rest of us.
Folks never understand the folks they hate.
The only faith that wears well and holds its color in all weathers is that which is woven of conviction and set with the sharp mordant of experience.
He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft.
The eye is the notebook of the poet.
Fortune is the rod of the weak, and the staff of the brave.
In the ocean of baseness, the deeper we get, the easier the sinking.
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
Freedom is the only law which genius knows.
As life runs on, the road grows strange with faces new - and near the end. The milestones into headstones change, Neath every one a friend.
A great man is made up of qualities that meet or make great occasions.
There are two kinds of weakness, that which breaks and that which bends.
Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
Where one person shapes their life by precept and example, there are a thousand who have shaped it by impulse and circumstances.
Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
An appeal to the reason of the people has never been known to fail in the long run.
Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime.
The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.
Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.
Every person born into this world their work is born with them.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
What men prize most is a privilege, even if it be that of chief mourner at a funeral.
Endurance is the crowning quality, And patience all the passion of great hearts.
Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold- bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.
Once to every person and nation come the moment to decide. In the conflict of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of man is tested.